The Trump administration is looking to add a new member, and some members of Congress are concerned.
Reports indicate that President Donald Trump plans to appoint Chad Wolf, formerly Kirstjen Nielsen’s chief of staff, to replace outgoing acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Kevin McAleenan.
Wolf would be the fifth individual to lead the DHS since Trump became president. The seat was last occupied by McAleenan, whose departure was announced in early October, and before McAleenan, Nielsen was in charge, which is why Wolf’s name may sound familiar: he was Nielsen’s chief of staff during her two-year tenure.
When Trump revealed that McAleenan was vacating the position, speculation turned to whom Trump would choose. Given that McAleenan and Trump were often at odds, with McAleenan attacking Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy, it was expected that the president would look to appoint someone whose immigration and border security beliefs were closer to his own.
Whether Wolf fits the bill is something that remains to be seen.
But it has to be said that Wolf will be heading into the job with a sizable number of critics.
The main complaint against Wolf is that he is unqualified for the job, though he worked under Nielsen for two years, not to mention that he also worked at DHS for President George W. Bush.
Other than those two stints, Wolf’s main work experience has been as a lobbyist for the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM).
NASSCOM represents both U.S. and Indian companies, and from a policy standpoint, would prefer fewer restrictions on the H-1B visa program so that employers can hire an unlimited number of foreigners.
As a lobbyist, this is the position that Wolf would have been pushing — and that concerns some lawmakers, Politico reported.
As head of DHS, Wolf will be responsible for the agency’s biggest task: construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Both DHS and President Trump have set a goal to build 400 miles of the wall before the 2020 presidential election.
If Wolf gets that done, then his qualifications and work experience will likely be a non-issue.